BROOKLYN, NY—New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the Department of Small Business Services (SBS), the Alliance for Coney Island and Council Member Mark Treyger today announced a recruitment event to fill over 800 jobs at businesses in Coney Island. Over 200 of the available positions are with the Amphitheater at Coney Island, a premiere concert venue opening in summer 2016. The recruiting event began on Monday, April 25 and will continue through Thursday, April 28 from 10am to 4pm at MCU Park. While walk-in applicants are welcome, attendees can expedite the screening process by pre-registering online at bit.ly/ConeyIsland2016. Through the first day, over 1,000 people have already registered for the four day recruitment event.
“Not only will the Amphitheater at Coney Island bring arts, entertainment, and investment into the local economy – we’re also making sure it’s providing jobs for New Yorkers in the neighborhood, said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “All told, this job fair will provide the Coney Island community with access to over 800 jobs with ten great local employers.”
“SBS is committed to opening doors to employment and economic opportunity through our Workforce1 Career Center system. Summer opportunities like the ones offered in Coney Island can be an important step toward long-term employment, and we look forward to supporting NYCEDC and Alliance for Coney Island in sourcing candidates and ensuring local businesses have the talent they need,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services.
“The Alliance for Coney Island is happy to be a part of the second round of workforce screening events in 2016,” said Johanna Zaki, Executive Director at the Alliance for Coney Island. “With businesses both old and new in the Coney Island community participating in this event, they are able to hire qualified local candidates that can take advantage of job opportunities within their own community."
“Summer in Coney Island means fun in the sun for New Yorkers and visitors from across the globe, but it also means employment opportunities for residents of our community,” said Council Member Mark Treyger. “I believe strongly in the need to ensure that Coney Island’s amusement district serves the needs of Coney Island residents, as well as visitors. The amusement district is only as successful as the hardworking employees behind the scenes. With the addition of the new Amphitheater, there are ample positions available. These recruitment fairs provide interested jobseekers with an efficient and informative way of getting their foot in the door. I encourage those seeking employment to make their way to MCU Park and apply today! Thank you to Economic Development Corporation, the Department of Small Business Services, the Alliance for Coney Island, iStar, Livenation, Legends, and the Brooklyn Cyclones for working together to provide an easily accessible location where interested local residents can have all of their questions answered.”
“We are very excited that the new Coney Island Amphitheater is creating new and exciting economic possibilities for our community,” said Assembly Member Pamela Harris. “This project has not only created hundreds of new jobs for hardworking families in Brooklyn but is a unique opportunity to grow our local businesses.”
The brand new Coney Island Amphitheater is seeking to fill front- and back- of house jobs including bartenders, cooks, maintenance staff, and supervisors. The Amphitheater has an impressive lineup scheduled for this summer, including Erykyah Badu, Jill Scott, Impractical Jokers, The Beach Boys, Ziggy Marley, Boston, Sugar Hill Gang, Jane’s Addiction, 311, and Matisyahu, among others. In addition to the Amphitheater, the adjoining Childs Building, a New York City Landmark, will feature a restaurant with hospitality services provided by Legends and other local businesses will be offering positions available for a May start-date. Positions include supervisors, bartenders, security guards, ushers, bar backs, alcohol compliance representatives, cooks, and prep cooks, among others.
The Amphitheater at Coney Island is a key component of NYCEDC’s efforts to revitalize the iconic Coney Island amusement district. Incorporating the historic former Childs Restaurant, the 5,000 seat venue will join the new Seaside Park Community and Arts Center, nearly 2.5 acres of newly accessible public space on the Coney Island Boardwalk. NYCEDC helped facilitate a deal with iStar to develop the Amphitheater.
The recruitment event will also offer an additional 600-plus jobs, spanning across iconic Coney Island businesses including Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, Luna Park, Nathan’s Famous, Ruby’s, and other local businesses. Facilitated by NYCEDC’s HireNYC initiative, the event offers a streamlined-hiring process for attendees in partnership with the City’s Workforce1 center network. Applicants can pre-register for the event or walk-in the day of, be screened by Workforce1 representatives, and be scheduled for an interview should there be a good fit. Most positions begin in May.
In the 2015 season, HireNYC’s Coney Island recruitment events helped place over 350 candidates. Over the past 6 years, over 1,500 candidates have been hired through these events. HireNYC is a free program that connects the city's workforce development services to economic development projects. HireNYC collaborates with NYCEDC, real estate developers, businesses and communities to assess business opportunities and job creation. Learn more at edc.nyc/program/hirenyc.
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